The Global WtERT Congress in Hangzhou

The meeting in enchanting Hangzhou was a great experience for all participants from the network and for all other visitors.


According to current GHG inventories, landfills are the third largest source of anthropogenic methane globally and account for approximately 11 percent of estimated global methane emissions. Addressing methane is critically important to combating climate change. Over a 20-year period, methane is 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide and is the 2nd largest driver of anthropogenic climate change. According to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), "cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years”. In the near-term, reducing emissions of Short Lived Climate Pollutants like methane is more effective than reducing CO2.
Following those facts, WtERT can play a crucial role in addressing and developing effective responses by collecting, sharing knowledge and fostering a strong global commitment to divert waste from landfills, especially by bringing together USA and China to work together with other countries. Communities and policymakers can learn more about how Methane emissions will affect them, what they can do to divert residual non-recyclable wastes from landfills to mitigate, and reduce their climate footprint.
The time to act is now. Every year we delay placing a strong focus on the diversion of wastes from landfills, we add to a growing burden of methane emissions to the atmosphere, and a growing burden to our children. 
Find here the results of the conference. 
Following you can find the Global WtERT Congress 2023 Agenda:
The personal atmosphere created by our hosts will remain in everyone's memory for a long time to come. We are currently working to reproduce the many results of the meeting and also the impressions from the visit to the thermal recycling plant in Hangzhou. 
To give you an impression, please refer to "Initiatives to Achieve Carbon Neutrality in the Waste Management Sector in Japan"  Professor Takaoka's lecture.